The Chamonix ski resort in France has a wide variety of ski runs suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Some of these are among the highest altitudes in the world, serviced by myriad ski lifts of a variety of types to ensure everyone has access to the runs they wish to experience. More information about the history of the Chamonix ski resort can be seen in the PDF attachment to this post. Thibaut de Roux regularly visits Chamonix in the winter for skiing and in the summer months for climbing, experiencing sight-seeing at altitude. There are many different areas to Chamonix, each with differing attractions and adventures to be had.
Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi is one of the highest and most famous of all the Chamonix ski areas. The infographic looks at some of the highest ski runs across the world. The region has been open to skiers for more than 60 years, featuring a variety of amenities as well as some of the most exciting pistes. Visitors to Aiguille du Midi arrive by cable car at the High Mountain gateway, which sits at an altitude of 3,842 metres. The “3842m” restaurant is open in the summer months, providing a unique setting in which to enjoy Savoie culinary specialities. Year-round, visitors can access a souvenir shop and cafeteria with panoramic views of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. The Mont Blanc gondola is open throughout summer for visitors to take in the views over the mountains to the Pointe Helbronner, gliding over the Glacier du Géant.
Montenvers is not nearly as high as Aiguille du Midi, but still stands at an impressive 1,913m and offers spectacular views and a number of attractions. Non-skiers, or those that fancy taking a break and experiencing the local culture, can visit the Glaciorium exhibition, taking in the evolution of glaciers throughout the history of time. The Grotte de Glace, or Ice Cave, has a walking tour taking visitors right into the centre of the glacier itself. Further attractions include the Temple of Nature, three choices for cuisine, hiking hill walks and a gondola lift, as well as numerous pistes.
La Flégère overlooks Mont Blanc and faces south, not only offering skiing but acting as a departure point for many of the major hiking trails that take in the stunning mountain lakes. La Flégère is part of a natural conservation area, meaning there is plenty of wildlife to be spotted nearby. Due to this, there are no dogs permitted in La Flégère, not even when kept on a lead. The cable car, which is closed for maintenance throughout the summer of 2019, takes visitors to the Index, which stands at an altitude of 2,595m.
Col de Balme
Col de Balme can be accessed by a choice of two different gondolas or a chairlift, taking visitors up to a magnificent area of nature and leisure facilities. At the highest point, this region reaches 2,186m, with a variety of hill-walking routes to choose from to explore the area. These include several routes through wild settings as well as a structured walk. There are also various trails for mountain-bikers to travel leading back to the lower villages of Vallorcine and Le Tour. This region is open to the public during the summer months.
In the short video attachment, find out more about the Prarion gondola lift at Chamonix.